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Pursuing a Passion for the Possible

Albert Hirschman’s challenge to social scientists in A Bias for Hope (1971) to embrace a “passion for the possible” has largely been ignored in the mainstream disciplines. That is a pity for, in this age of high anxiety and disaffection, don’t we desperately need perspectives that transcend the limiting confines of liberal democracy and the commodification of everything? Continue reading

Six Reasons for Reading Karl Polanyi (Even If You Study the Global South): Part I

Why do social scientists select one theoretical framework rather than another? Continue reading